What a Doll

Hello Friends! I have been renewing energy and I am feeling much better. However, I am taking the time I need to do as I need for me and mine.

All is spring and flowers around us! I trust and hope you are enjoying spring as well!

Bella and I have been talking about making a doll for a while now. We finally managed to do it! All pictures are posted below. I’ve also added a few pictures at the end of this blog post of our recent family outing to see the beauty of spring.

Wishing you all continued good health, happiness and peace. x

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Snow Day (Part 2)

We got another 10 centimeters of snow a few days ago. Loving the sight of it, but it is already melting.

The day it snowed, Bella enjoyed time outside, …mainly throwing snowballs! Here are a couple of pictures of her in action!

As an aside: The structure in the background (behind Bella) is an old outbuilding from about 1614. I think it was used as a barn and stable for horses way back then. We use it for our horse (…erm…car) and storage. I love the old stone structures here in France! 😍

We made it to see How to Train Your Dragon 3 and we all loved it! Beautiful scenery, gorgeous animation!

Bella has had a good week so far and we are steady on with school activities. We have plans to do a little cooking show next week. It’s going to be all pink, hearts and roses over here!

Until next time, wishing you all a big hearted, first week of February! ❤

Snow Day

We have been wishing for snow and today it finally arrived! We received a couple of lovely, white inches!

After taking a quick walk outside around the house to see the snow, it was time for the comfort of a warm fire and hot cocoa! Bella enjoyed homemade, gluten-free waffles with butter and organic maple syrup alongside her hot chocolate! This girl loves her food, and eats well. I am very grateful that she does.

Even though it was tempting to take the day off and call it an official snow day, we forged ahead and enjoyed a productive school day.

After school, I introduced Bella to knitting. I just let her watch, and observed her to see if she seemed interested. Afterward, she said she would like to try. She will start tomorrow. We will take it slow, and keep it fun.

Waldorf encourages knitting as part of its curriculum. I have read that there are positive benefits regarding the development of the brain. Perhaps it is good for the aging brain too. 😉 In any case, I am enjoying my return to knitting in order to guide Bella.

My thoughts and heart have returned to my dear grandmother who taught me how to sew, do needlepoint and embroidery work, quilt, knit, crochet, and to write stories and poetry. She also taught me how to shop ’til I drop! How I miss her! I have unfortunately lost a lot of my skills for lack of using them, but the knitting is coming back to me now that I am practicing again.

Maybe by next winter, Bella and I will have developed the knitting skills to fashion some scarves, hats and slippers for yet another cozy, dreamy, snow day.

I will remember this snow day fondly no matter what becomes of the dreams we planted in today’s book of intentions.

…And a Happy New Year!

Even though we’ve had a sweet Christmas, and family here to help us ring in the new year, the house feels comfortably quiet and peacefully still.

I am unapologetically late with the blog this week as a symptom of burnout. Anyone relate? Renewing energy is primordial, especially for those actively caring for special needs children. So, here I am, …battery is charging.

Bella typically has very little interest in the world outside of her routine, with the exception of our adventures to the cinema a few times per month. However, I sense this is slowly shifting.

Bella made the cutest posters to welcome her cousin’s visit for the New Year holiday (..see below).

Unfortunately, her cousin wasn’t completely enthusiastic about connecting, and Bella has been disappointed. Still, they did share some good moments. They had a makeup party, made crafts together, and we all went to a movie together downtown. Bella was grateful for the interaction, and it was wonderful for me to witness.

Here is a picture of Bella with her cousin and friend, Coline.

And the lovely butterfly makeup kit they used for their makeup party!

We took down the Christmas tree and declarations yesterday. All that remains are the memories made, and the sweet feeling of promise in the new year ahead.

Bella has found joy in doing some small mosaic, art projects the last few days after finishing some glitter fairies with her cousin. Here is one of the sticker mosaics she has completed.

Now then, I hereby give you all permission to unashamedly charge your energetic, soul batteries, and to celebrate every moment! Even when you are asked to go it alone, or you are disappointed with outcomes you held fixed expectations about. I observe that kids (..on the spectrum or not) can teach us how to roll with the punches.

By all means, have a wonder filled 2019!

365 Days of Gratitude

Wouldn’t it be an incredible world if Thanksgiving was a part of our awareness and way of being, 365 days of the year? I am dedicating myself to a gratitude journal again. It has been far too long since I was consistent with that aspect of my self love journey. I am encouraging Bella to write 3-5 things she is grateful for each day now as well.

Our Thanksgiving celebration was as I predicted; just us turkeys and very quiet. It was also delicious! I cooked an organic, whole chicken the way you cook a turkey. I called it a churkey! 😉 I used a simple recipe of  butter, herbs from Provence, garlic and lemon. It really turned out perfect. Our side dishes were green beans, masherole (Bella’s word for mashed potatoes), churkey gravy, cranberry sauce and croissants. We made pumpkin pie for dessert. Bella planned the menu and it all worked out very well. Great job Bella! Here’s a glimpse of our feast before we gobbled it all up.

Thanksgiving dinner in France - 2018.
Thanksgiving dinner in France.
Thankful for this feast. It was delicious!

And here are a few pictures of our homemade table decorations. If you’ve been reading this blog for the last while, you’ll note that we used the autumn jars from our art project a few weeks ago. Phil and Bella made the turkey table place setting cards and card holders. I think they turned out adorable.

Table setting - Thanksgiving - Crown napkin fold.
Crown folded gold napkins.
Autumn, Thanksgiving, table setting.
Table decorations for our Thanksgiving feast – 2018.
Thanksgiving table decoration.
Autumn leaves on glass jars, painted twigs and twinkle lights.
Autumn leaf place card holder.
Turkey, autumn leaves, place card holder.

As you can see from the pictures, it was a day full of heart and remembrances of our fall art projects. I suspect that Bella won’t remember the wrinkled table cloth, or the fact that our pumpkin pie wasn’t perfect, but I do believe she will remember the sweet feeling that was present during our Thanksgiving celebration, and all the wonderful memories that were created in and around the celebration.

I invite you to join me on my official 365 days of gratitude journey by writing in a journal each day. It is life altering in the best way. There are some great apps out there for this specific focus of gratitude. My favorite is the Five Minute Journal.

Grateful for this opportunity to share life experiences with you. Thank you for reading, following and sharing your stories as well.